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Build Your BizDevOps Playbook

Embrace a team sport culture built around continuous business-IT collaboration to deliver great products.

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Contributors

  • Benjamin Palacio, Senior Information Systems Analyst, County of Placer
  • Matt Rowley, Partner, Wipfli LLP
  • Three anonymous contributors

Your Challenge

  • Today’s rapidly scaling and increasingly complex products create mounting pressure on delivery teams to release new features and changes quickly and with sufficient quality.
  • Many organizations see BizDevOps as a solution to help meet this demand. However, they often lack the critical cross-functional collaboration and team-sport culture that are critical for success.
  • The industry provides little consensus and guidance on how to prepare for the transition to BizDevOps.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • BizDevOps is cultural, not driven by tools. It is about delivering high-quality and valuable releases to stakeholders through collective ownership, continuous collaboration, and team-first behaviors supported by tools.
  • BizDevOps begins with a strong foundation in five key areas. The crux of successful BizDevOps is centered on the strategic adoption and optimization of building great requirements, collaborative practices, iterative delivery, application management, and high-fidelity environments.
  • Teams take STOCK of what it takes to collaborate effectively. Teams and stakeholders must show up, trust the delivery method and people, orchestrate facilitated activities, clearly communicate and knowledge share every time they collaborate.

Impact and Result

  • Bring the right people to the table. BizDevOps brings significant organizational, process and technology changes to improve delivery effectiveness. Include the key roles in the definition and validation of your BizDevOps vision and practices.
  • Focus on the areas that matter. Review your current circumstances and incorporate the right practices that addresses your key challenges and blockers to becoming BizDevOps.
  • Build your BizDevOps playbook. Gain a broad understanding of the key plays and practices that makes a successful BizDevOps organization. Verify and validate these practices in order to tailor them to your context. Keep your playbook live.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Find out why you should implement BizDevOps, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Get started with BizDevOps

Set the right expectations with your stakeholders and define the context of your BizDevOps implementation.

2. Tailor your BizDevOps playbook

Tailor the plays in your BizDevOps playbook to your circumstances and vision.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a six call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Get started with BizDevOps

Call #1 - Discuss Info-Tech’s perspective
Call #2 - Review your BizDevOps objectives and vision
Call #3 - Discuss the starting point with BizDevOps adoption

Guided Implementation #2 - Tailor your BizDevOps playbook

Call #1 - Discuss the various plays that makes a team effective
Call #2 - Review your BizDevOps playbook draft and suggest improvements
Call #3 - Discuss next steps and rollout

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Module 1: Set Your Expectations

The Purpose

  • Discuss the goals of your BizDevOps playbook.
  • Identify the various perspectives who should be included in the BizDevOps discussion.
  • Level set expectations of your BizDevOps implementation.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identification of the key roles who should be included in the BizDevOps discussion.
  • Learning of key practices to support your BizDevOps vision and goals.
  • Your vision of BizDevOps in your organization.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Define BizDevOps.

  • Your BizDevOps definition
1.2

Understand your key stakeholders.

  • List of BizDevOps stakeholders
1.3

Define your objectives.

  • BizDevOps vision and objectives

Module 2: Set the Context

The Purpose

  • Understand the various methods to initiate the structuring of facilitated collaboration.
  • Share a common way of thinking and behaving with a set of principles.
  • Focus BizDevOps adoption on key areas of software product delivery.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A chosen collaboration method (Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban) to facilitate collaboration
  • A mutually understanding and beneficial set of guiding principles
  • Areas where BizDevOps will see the most benefit

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Select your foundation method.

  • Chosen collaboration model
2.2

Define your guiding principles.

  • List of guiding principles
2.3

Focus on the areas that matter.

  • High-level assessment of delivery practices and its fit for BizDevOps

Module 3: Tailor Your BizDevOps Playbook

The Purpose

  • Review the good practices within Info-Tech’s BizDevOps Playbook.
  • Tailor your playbook to reflect your circumstances.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understanding of the key plays involved in product delivery
  • Product delivery plays that reflect the challenges and opportunities of your organization and support your BizDevOps vision

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Review and tailor the plays in your playbook

  • High-level discussion of key product delivery plays and its optimization to support BizDevOps
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